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Neon Bull: Carlos Reygadas to Mount “Donde nace la vida”

We can add one more iron to the Cannes fire…except this one will likely target the 2017 edition. Obviously nothing is official until the April announcement, but Jaime Romandia’s Mantarraya has Amat Escalante‘s The Untamed (currently in production on a two month shoot) earmarked for a probable showing, and Variety reports that Mantarraya has teamed with France’s Le Pacte and Germany’s The Match Factory to produce Donde nace la vida (“Where Life is Born”), the highly anticipated fifth feature film by auteur/agitator/Cannes-winning filmmaker Carlos Reygadas. Production will take place in the state of Tlaxcala (renowned for its fighting bull ranches) and will be co-produced with Reygadas’ Nodream Cinema in early 2016.

Gist: This “a simple but powerful story of love and loss of love, in open couple relationships, emotional phases on the downfall set in the context of Mexico’s fighting bull-breeding ranches.”

Worth Noting: The trade also mentions that Diego Garcia (Weerasethakal’s Love in Khon Kaen) will be the dp on the project.

Do We Care?: Avid…actually more like “rabid” fans of both Mexican filmmakers, we’ll either be doubling up in 2016, or get back to back gift offerings on the Croisette.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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